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How to Wax a Floor With a Buffer

Alex Smith

Commercial buffers are useful for waxing large floors such as those found in supermarkets and department stores. The buffer looks like a motor attached to a handle. The motor spins a disk on which scouring and polishing pads are attached.

While they are not difficult to use, it may take a bit of practice to get used to the circular movements that the buffer naturally wants to make.

  1. Remove all furniture from the room that you are cleaning.

  2. Thoroughly sweep the floor to remove any dirt or debris.

  3. Attach a cutting pad to the spinning base of the buffer. Make sure it is clean of debris.

  4. Spread wax polish evenly across the floor.

  5. Roll the buffer to the back corner of the room and set the handle to waist level. Turn on the buffer.

  6. Run the buffer over the floor, allowing it to move in gentle clockwise circles. The pad spins clockwise, so forcing the buffer in the other direction can cause friction burns on the floor.

  7. Move from the back of the room to the front, buffing the entire surface. This will clean and prepare the floor for the next step. You will see the marks left behind from the cutting pad: these must now be polished out.

  8. Remove the cutting pad from the buffer and replace it with a polishing pad.

  9. Repeat the same process with the buffer, moving from the back of the room to the front. The soften polishing pad will remove the marks left behind by your first pass, giving the floor a good polish.

  10. Tip

    You are working backwards to avoid stepping on any freshly waxed floor.


    Keep your hands away from the buffer's moving parts when it is turned on.